Home ministry: 1.78 million foreign workers in Malaysia

foreign-workersKUALA LUMPUR: There were 1.78 million foreign workers in Malaysia as of June 30, the majority comprising Indonesians, Nepalis and Bangladeshis, Putrajaya revealed today.

According to the home ministry’s statistics, there were 728,870 Indonesians working in the country, followed by Nepalis (405,898) and Bangladeshis (221,089).

There were also 127,705 Myanmar nationals, 114,455 from India and 59,281 Pakistanis.

The remaining comprised Filipinos (56,153), Vietnamese (29,039), Chinese (15,399), Thai nationals (12,603), Sri Lankans (5,964), Cambodians (5,103) and Laos nationals (39).

The ministry released the figures in response to a question by Teresa Kok (DAP-Seputeh) who wanted a breakdown of the number of foreign workers in Malaysia.